Your academic preparation and coursework choices for a possible transfer to the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University are critical components of the admissions process.

All transfer applicants who apply to enroll for their sophomore year are required to have completed, or to have in progress at the time of application, the “Required coursework”, which includes natural/life science, English Composition, quantitative, and social science coursework. Review the specific coursework requirements listed by major below. The “Additional coursework” is highly recommended. Those seeking to enroll for their junior year must complete the "Required coursework" as well as the "Additional coursework".

The coursework outlined is parallel to what our current students complete during their first semesters. Completing the coursework below also allows incoming transfer students to have the appropriate foundational academic preparation, to focus on major-specific courses, and to be on track for a timely graduation.

Completing the coursework requirements with strong grades does not guarantee admission, but it does make an applicant more competitive in our applicant pool.

Important notes:

  • The two semester/6 credit English Composition/writing intensive coursework requirements can be completed across the disciplines/departments. They do not need to be completed through an English department. Visit Cornell University's John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines to review the criteria that courses need to meet to satisfy this requirement.
  • Those applying to our Nutritional Sciences and Human Biology, Health and Society majors and/or those with premed/predentistry interests can apply to enter for fall semesters only due to science sequencing.
  • PREMED/DENTISTRY-interested applicants, regardless of major, who plan to apply to enter as sophomores are required to complete an academic year/two semester sequence in introductory chemistry with accompanying labs each semester. Those who plan to apply to enter as juniors are also required to complete an academic year/two semester sequence of introductory biology with accompanying labs each semester, along with sequences in organic chemistry. Exceptional grades in those courses are expected.
  • ALL DESIGN (Design and Environmental Analysis; Fashion Design and Management (both options)) applicants are required to submit a design supplement as part of their application. Those who are re-applying to these majors should submit updated supplements. These supplements are critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to these majors unless the design supplement is submitted.

Required coursework by major

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Precalculus* or Calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Also required: A design supplement, which will be critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to this major unless the design supplement is submitted.

Additional coursework

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Studio in two- and three- dimensional design (3 credits)

Note: Students interested in Fashion Design are strongly encouraged to apply for their sophomore year. Coursework/portfolio review will determine the number of semesters needed to graduate, if admitted.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Precalculus* or calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Also required: A design supplement, which will be critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to this major unless the design supplement is submitted.

Additional coursework

  • Statistics (3 credits) or Computer Science (3 credits)
  • Design or Studio Art
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introductory anthropology or sociology (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)

Also required: A design supplement, which will be critically reviewed by design department faculty. The Admissions Committee will not consider applications to this major unless the design supplement is submitted.

Additional Coursework

  • Statistics (3 credits) or Computer Science (3 credits)
  • Introductory Anthropology or Sociology (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • General/Introductory Physics with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)  [required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.]
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Computer Science (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab work each semester (must be taken first year) (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • General/Introductory Biology I with lab (4 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology II with lab (4 credits)
  • Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • U.S. Healthcare (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters) [Required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.]
  • Organic Chemistry with labs (8 credits) [Required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.]
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Nutritional Sciences (3 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Students interested in completing dietetics requirements will benefit from taking a microbiology course and a statistics course.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology with lab (3 – 4 credits)
  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab (3 – 4 credits)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Precalculus* or calculus (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Child Development (3 credits)
  • Adolescent Development (3 credits)
  • Introductory Anthropology or Sociology (3 credits)

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Chemistry with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters) [Required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.]
  • Organic Chemistry with labs (8 credits) [Required for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.]
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Nutritional Sciences (3 credits)
  • Introductory Macro-or Microeconomics, Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Students interested in completing dietetics requirements will benefit from taking a microbiology course and a statistics course.

Required coursework

  • General/Introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, with lab work each semester (8 credits/2 semesters)
  • English Composition / Writing Intensive coursework (6 credits/2 semesters)
  • Calculus (3 – 4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Additional coursework

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credits) [Strongly recommended for transfer applicants who apply to enter as juniors.]
  • Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
  • United States Government (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)

* College of Human Ecology policy states that precalculus coursework credits do not transfer, however, completion of at least precalculus at the collegiate level is an admissions requirement.

High School Coursework: Transfer applicants are required to have completed high school coursework in a) biology and b) chemistry or physics. Courses not completed in high school must be taken as an undergraduate.